The world’s most talked about tournament is with us. It’s been four years since the 2014 edition of the FIFA World Cup was held, a competition in which Germany emerged as champions after knocking out Argentina in the final.
This year, the FIFA World Cup 2018 promises to bring more fireworks, this brought about after some nations pulled some surprises during the qualifier stages and some of the old guards still finding their way to the group stages. We’ll be listing out some of the top moments we believed shaped the tournament and changed the conversation of football among fans and critics alike.
1. Frank Lampard Vs. Germany (South Africa, 2010)
The group stages were done and dusted and two nations, England and Germany were set to go head-to-head to determine who was going to qualify for the next round. Incidentally, what appeared to be an evenly matched game on paper didn’t pan out exactly as most England Three Lions fans hoped. Germany came out guns a blazing and took a commanding two-goal lead in the first hour, Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski scoring the two goals to put England to the sword.
Luckily for England, true to the adage, a game is determined over the course 90 minutes. They managed to pull one back a couple of minutes later quickly. Unbeknownst to many, was the fact that disaster was set to strike soon.
Legendary English midfielder, Frank Lampard, pulled off one of his classic thumping shots at goal in the 39th minute which was powerful enough to ricochet from the bottom of the crossbar, bouncing inside the goal line and bounce right out. Unluckily, the valid-goal was not seen by the referee, Jorge Larrionda. He disallowed the goal much to the dismay of many Three Lions fans.
There are those who argue that because of their lack of fortune in getting the goal allowed, the remainder of the England game paled in comparison to the earlier moments when they seemed to have some fight in them. Marksman Thomas Muller ensured that Germany went home victorious by notching a brace in the second half, sending Germany straight to the quarterfinals.